Bayern Munich are preparing to sell striker Robert Lewandowski after targeting a younger replacement, according to a report.
Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been mentioned as possible destinations for Lewandowski and now it appears Bayern are set to sell the Poland forward.
The 29-year-old has scored 129 goals in 164 games for Bayern since he arrived on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund in 2014, but he apparently wants to move on.
Lewandowski, who has 16 goal in 17 games this term, is seeking a new challenge and Don Balon reports Bayern are prepared to let him go after lining up Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi as his replacement.
The Warsaw-born centre-forward is looking to move on in the summer, despite having a contract that runs until 2021.
The player was unsettled last summer after questioning the club’s ambition: “Bayern will have to come with something and be creative if the club wants to keep bringing world-class players to Munich,” he said.
But former Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti claimed the speculation was down to the player’s agent, and in July he said: “As always there are agents who talk too much, I do not know why.
“It is not the first time an agent has used the newspapers to say something wrong, that’s all. In a perfect world, agents do not talk.”
City boss Pep Guardiola worked with the striker in Bavaria and he is understood to be tracking the player’s situation and if Bayern can land 24-year-old Argentina forward Icardi, then Lewandowski will be allowed to leave with a fee in excess of £40million likely.
Icardi, who scored 24 goals last season, has 11 goals in 12 Serie A starts this season and he may well look to move on in the summer if Inter fail to make the Champions League.